CORRECTION: Now Chris Heston’s last start was a good one. It came last night against the Braves. I incorrectly wrote that the one before was a complete game against the Reds. Turns out that was three starts ago. I was looking at his last three starts and, suffering from temporary vertigo or dyslexia I guess, flipped them over in my brain. Anyway, a shame to waste another sterling outing by Miller. This just in: the Braves pen is shallow. The key to a good bullpen is having one group to use with a lead — and we’re more or less passable there with Johnson, Grilli and sometimes Avilan — but when trailing in close games, it’s a crap shoot with Cuniff, Masset, et al. You can’t run Johnson and Grilli out there every day. Those guys are in their late 30s and will wear down. So there’s not a lot Fredi can do except hope guys like Cuniff pitch better.
Before he became America’s favorite gun fanatic, Chuck Heston was best known for sweeping biblical and science fiction epics like, of course, Planet of the Apes. “Take your stinkin’ paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” the astronaut cried as the English speaking primates’ suspended him in a net and prepared to haul him off to the Ministry of Science.
Charlton Heston died in 2008. He has nothing to do with tonight’s game in San Fran. Chris Heston, no relation as far as we know, does. He hurls for the Gigantes. He’s had a beastly May, surrendering 11 earned runs in two starts before his last outing. In that one, he aped tonight’s Bravo starter Shelby Miller and spun a complete-game two hitter vs. Cincy. Thanks for the good timing, you damn dirty ape. Lefties have treated Heston like the orangutan soldiers treated Chuck and his human pals, batting .344 against him this season. Ergo, Cunningham is in the lineup instead of Gomes.
As I mentioned a couple days ago, it seems the Braves have done nothing but get pummeled in Frisco lately. But our boys are actually 7-7 there in the past four seasons. This would be a nice one to win, as the pitching advantage figures to be ours.
A quick thought on the bigger picture: the way the pitching is shaping up, I’m beginning to think the club can stay around .500 if Teheran rights himself. And I believe he will.
Back to the present day, we have to mention that the Giants have been gorillas lately. They’re 11-2 since May 15, and 10-3 in their past 13 home games. Here’s hoping Shelby, who has blossomed under the tutelage of Roger McDowell (no relation to Roddy, aka Cornelius) brings them back to Earth.
Tonight’s lineup: Peterson, Maybin, Freddie, Markakis, Uribe, Pierzynski, Cunningham, Simmons, Miller.